We found several good reviews of the Garmin StreetPilot 7200, but only The Travel Insider's review is new enough to be entirely relevant in the current market. Otherwise-worthwhile articles in PC Magazine and on GPSInformation.net are out-of-date. GPSMagazine.com does not provide a full review of the StreetPilot 7200, but offers an excellent reason to reject it. A substantial amount of owner feedback at Amazon.com is largely favorable.
With its 7-inch display, the Garmin StreetPilot 7200 fills a specialty market niche: It's for people who drive RVs or large commercial vehicles, or who have difficulty reading smaller screens. It offers text-to-speech and multi-destination routing, but so do less expensive units with a regular 4.3-inch widescreen, such as the Garmin nüvi 750 (*est. 375) and nüvi 760 (*est. $425). The Garmin StreetPilot 2820 (*est. $470), the most similar Garmin unit, has a smaller screen with nearly the same resolution and includes Bluetooth, which is missing on the 7200. Neither the 7200 nor the 2820 use the SiRFstar III chipset (considered the best available), as the Garmin nüvis do. Since the StreetPilot 7200 has such a large screen, it is largely in a class by itself, but it's pricey for a unit still using old technology.
1. The Travel Insider
After hands-on testing of the Garmin StreetPilot 7200, David Rowell provides a detailed review that includes a chart of all the specifications and features. Comparisons are made with similar Garmin models, and satellite reception is compared with the Garmin nüvi 680, which uses a SiRFstar III receiver. Rowell concludes that the Garmin StreetPilot 7200 is "best suited for semi-professional GPS users."
Review: Garmin StreetPilot 7200 GPS receiver review, David M. Rowell, Aug. 2007
Craig Ellison regularly reviews new GPS units for PC Magazine and this review is one of Ellison's best, even though it only makes one direct comparison. Road testing is extensive, and eatures are described well. The rating seems low in the context of the review', however, and the review itself is out-of-date.
Review: Find Your Way With a Big Display - Garmin StreetPilot 7200 Review, Craig Ellison, Apr. 3, 2006
GPSMagazine.com includes the Garmin StreetPilot 7200 in this list of GPS units that use outdated technology because it does not use the SiRFstar III chipset. A succinct paragraph explains the advantages of the most current GPS receiver. GPSMagazine.com does not provide a full review of the Garmin StreetPilot 7200, however.
Review: GPS Magazine Buyer's Guide - Units to Avoid, Fletch
4. GPS Information.info
This informational article demonstrates sufficient testing and includes "Problems" and "Summary" sections that contribute productive buying advice. Given the improved technology in newer units in the past year and a half, this article is out-of-date. The information and very good illustrations remain of value.
Review: Garmin StreetPilot 7200/7500 Automotive GPS unit, review, Jack Yeazel and Ron Henderson, Updated May 27, 2006
More than 60 customers report their experiences with the Garmin StreetPilot 7200. Satisfaction is very high. Only a few users give the unit low ratings, including one who didn't expect it to be so huge. Most but not all contributors report using the StreetPilot 7200 in large vehicles like RVs and big commercial trucks.
Review: Garmin StreetPilot 7200, Contributors to Amazon.com